FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a 750 ml green bottle this beer poured a cloudy yellow-golden color with a huge white head. The aroma was tangy, tart and bitter with a lemony presence. The flavor was tart, dry, lemony and had a light Sweettart candy presence. The finish was long, dry and tart. Ok.
Beerman6686 (4671) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this poured a sparkling yellow color with a white head. Aroma was vinegar, lots of funk, and lemon citrus. Flavor wasnt much funk at all just extrene sourness, lemon and peaches and just more sour. Almost hard to drink but great at the same time.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one at the RB Pittsburgh tasting. Almost unfair that this one went last (as far as ratable beers go anyway) as it was fantastic. Great candy scent over good funk. Nice thick head on the pour over a suspiciously benign liquid. Taste is good and somewhere I think the style belongs, sweet, but not getting into Lindemans trap. Overall a fantastic representation of the style, and it should be as you can see some of it’s greatest brewers collaborating on this great blend.
daniele (5759) - ITALY - AUG 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
oro buona schiuma grossolana piuttosto persitente per il genere note fruttate uva leggero legnoso un tocco citrico in bocca ritorna aspra corpo medio un tocco citrico buona acidità ma non abbondante finale leggero di luppoo e citrico
cheap (4198) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks goes out to Kevin MrChopin for this special brew! Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 7/9/2009 Pittsburgh RB tasting extravaganza (PGHRBEXT) at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I see a spread of bottles like I did there. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we served! For example, how about this beer; Horal bottle #58! Smell is quite like tart candy with a funky farmy background. Good initial taste sensations, wew, simply very tasty. Big foamy pour and a slight haze on an otherwise pale lager appearance. Lacks the typical funk but is just plain fun on the tastebuds. Very nice tingly palate. One fine enjoyable brew. Sour, tart and easy. Some mild bitterness but nothing detracting. Very excellent beer tasting experience. Love those sour brews, my favorite! Wish I had more of this stuff!
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright and hazy golden with a finger thick white head. Tart funky nose and flavor. Grapefruit and barnyard with a decent finish.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best by 16.10.2028; Sampled August 2009
A very careful pour still manages to produce four-fingers of head in my 25cl plus an additional almost two fingers above the rim. The head is a light tan hue and the beer is a grassy, pale amber hue that shows a nice orange-gold hue and a touch of haze when held up to the light. Some light, but nice lacing forms on the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides. The aroma has a nice grassy funkiness to it that reminds me of a mix of hay, weeds, phenolic soaked cotton, musty damp horse blankets along with a requisite musky, almost dried sweat stench. The sharper notes in the nose are defined by the lactic acid, a hard urea-laced spicing, some phenolic wild mushroom notes. The finish has some nice pale grain and fresh crushed wheat character to it. This is actually on the funky side for a Gueuze, and I must say it is quite nice.
This beer has a nice, solid, almost bracing lactic sourness. This finishes with a nice spicy oak note as well as some tannic woody notes, both of which integrate quite well with the other flavors in this beer. A touch of urea, or cat-pee for the Lambic traditionalist, is found in the flavor. There are some grassy notes up front and in the middle that are separate from the hint of grain character that is left in this beer (though this seems to contribute some grassiness and a touch of pale grain in the finish; not as much as is found in the nose though). While this seems bone dry, some of the notes here contribute a fruitiness that reminds me of sour-apples, a distinct grapefruit note in the finish. The finish has a long, lingering, sort of cotton mouth astringency to it from both the oak and phenolic notes. This is musty flavored but not as strongly so as in the aroma; musky, Brettanomyces notes, and some old sweat soaked blanket notes are found here as well.
My second pour is still as carbonated as the first. I get to drinking this much sooner than my first pour and this literally explodes as it hits my tongue with a aggressive effervescent that turns the beer into foam as it rolls across my tongue. The grapefruit note starts to come out more as it warms, some Klockera perhaps, and there seems to be a nice toasted oak character to the finish now as well. Other fruit notes of ripe, but unsweet, quite aromatic, tart melon and perhaps a touch of pear also become more apparent as this warms and actually turn into quite the juicy fruit character.
I am so glad that my bottle has been cleaned of all the diacetyl that has been troubling some peoples bottles. Pediococcus is a prodigious diacetyl producer and Lambics definitely need time to reduce it back out. I am so glad that this turned out to be quite tasty. Man this is quite good, about as tart / sour as I could want with just enough funkiness to keep things interesting. This is a fantastic example of a Gueuze, at least this particular bottle is; if you are too worried just hold on to these for a 6 months or so (perhaps the international shipping helped my bottles).
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Todd. Thanks!!! Had high hopes for this but it was slightly disappointing. Much less sour than expected. Slightly funky and smooth. Some lemon, earth, and butter in the flavor department. Okay, but I wanted it to knock my socks off.
cgarvieuk (15163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 [RBESG, Sheffield]
Grand Tasting @ The Halequin, Sheffield... hazy orange ... barnyard funk nose ... sour .. little lemon ...iittle woody . 2.7
bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting ... golden amber ... soft zezty lemon funk nose ... tart lemon fruits ... sharp lemon ... soft sour fruit. 2.7
Bottle at home 20122... golden amber ... thin white lacing ... oft lemon funk ... horse blanket nose ... sharp tart lemon ... light bitterness ... soft funk ... 3.0
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome. I’m somewhat surprised by the lack of enthusiasm for this beer by others. It didn’t hit with the huge bang of my first Cantillons but the funky qualities are still really good. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.